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Aerosonde unmanned air vehicle provides Marines ISR support

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NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. ó Marines in Afghanistan witnessed AAI Corp.ís Aerosonde Unmanned Air System first flight Dec. 2. under NAVAIRís Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance services contract. AAI field services representatives conducted the nearly 10-hour mission and provided real-time full-motion video to Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron (VMU) 3. Under ISR services,…

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National Intelligence Council forecasts megatrends

Posted December 12, 2012 by Jim Garamone

The American Century is drawing to a close, and the U.S. Defense Department will have to be more flexible in dealing with a faster-paced multipolar world, according to the Global Trends 2030 report released Dec. 10. The National Intelligence Council has looked to the future to jumpstart the conversation about what U.S. policy should be,…

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DOD approves grants for transportation improvements, replace schools on military installations

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The Department of Defense announced Dec. 11 five grants from the Office of Economic Adjustment, including a $18.3 million grant to the Maryland Department of Transportation, State Highway Administration to improve access to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Md. They also announced a $35,247,240 grant to Geary County Unified School District Number…

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Air Force launches 3rd X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle

Posted December 12, 2012 by Maj. Eric Badger

In the next installment to improve space capability and further develop an affordable, reusable space vehicle, the Air Force conducted its third X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle launch at Cape Canaveral, Fla., Dec. 11, officials said. The launch comes on the heels of the successful flight of OTV-2, which made an autonomous landing at Vandenberg Air…

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House Democrats, GOP embrace cuts in defense spending

Posted December 12, 2012 by Donna Cassata

Substantial reductions in military spending should be part of any budget deal that President Barack Obama negotiates with Congress to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts, a group of House Republicans and Democrats said Dec. 10. With just three weeks to the double economic hit, 22 lawmakers endorsed further…

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U.S., Canada expand Arctic cooperation, military training

Posted December 12, 2012 by Donna Miles

The United States and Canada entered into two new agreements Dec. 11 that expanded their security relationship by promoting closer cooperation in peacefully opening the Arctic and in expanding their bilateral military training and exercise program. Army Gen. Charles Jacoby Jr., commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, joined Canadian Army…

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Northrop Grumman releases Version 2.0 of the U.S. Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System Software

Posted December 10, 2012 by

Northrop Grumman has successfully released Version 2.0 of the U.S. Army’s Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System software. This release, recently tested at the Northrop Grumman Contractor System Integration Laboratory (C-SIL) in Huntsville, is an upgrade to the Version 1.0 release of April 2011. Notable new features include improved interfaces with Patriot, Sentinel…

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Pilot calls F-35 big leap in fighter capability

Posted December 10, 2012 by Terri Moon Cronk

The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter jet will be a strategic deterrent for the nation because of its “huge leap in capability,” a Marine Corps pilot said. Lt. Col. Jeffrey Scott, commander of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wingís Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., recently told the Pentagon…

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Space launch vehicle core purchases balance needs with lower cost, competition

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Purchasing core elements used to launch 28 rockets into space for National Security Space missions is the focus of negotiations between the Air Force and United Launch Alliance to establish a requirements contract, according to Defense Under Secretary Frank Kendall. The plan is to procure 36 Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle cores over a five-year period,…

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‘Fiscal Cliff’ would challenge Army to maintain readiness

Posted December 10, 2012 by C. Todd Lopez

Knowing there’s a possibility the government will go over a “fiscal cliff” on midnight, Dec. 31, the Army recognizes some of the challenges it will face, but a senior leader said Thursday its priority will be to maintain readiness of the force. Like its sister services, the Army faces repercussions and adjustments that would follow…

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